May beetle


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May beetle

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May beetle

or

May bug

n
(Animals) another name for cockchafer, June bug
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Noun1.May beetle - any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adultMay beetle - any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adult
melolonthid beetle - any of various beetles of the family (or subfamily) Melolonthidae
genus Melolontha, Melolontha - a genus of Melolonthidae
2.May beetle - any of various large usually brown North American leaf-eating beetles common in late springMay beetle - any of various large usually brown North American leaf-eating beetles common in late spring; the larvae feed on roots of grasses etc.
scarabaean, scarabaeid, scarabaeid beetle - any of numerous species of stout-bodied beetles having heads with horny spikes
figeater, green June beetle - large greenish June beetle of southern United States
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of Frequency of Order Common name gulls occurrence (%) Blattodea American 8 3.5 cockroach Coleoptera Japanese beetle 28 12.3 May beetle 20 8.7 Jun.
The cockchafer is known colloquially as the May bug or May beetle because, you've guessed it, it tends to appear in May.